A few more mental notes from the pre-ride:
- I cannot overemphasize the need to watch for icy patches, black or otherwise. We received a lot of rain earlier in the week. The temperature was in the low 20s when we started Thursday morning, so we encountered ice in several places. Some extended fully across the road. It is supposed to warm slightly by the weekend, but that's no guarantee that all of the icy spots will thaw.
- While this route is well-known to many, it still requires attention to the cue. There are so many roads criss-crossing all over in Lancaster County that it is very easy to find yourself off course. The cue is top-notch.
- It is a LONG way from Controle 2 to Controle 3, not just because of the mileage. A couple of interim oases have been noted on the cue sheet should you need them. Watch your time.
- You cannot have too much lighting. You will discover this on your way to the finish, especially if you don't have enough.
I plan to have breakfast at the diner at 7am and will handle sign-in from there. I'll be in the parking lot afterwards for bike/equipment checks.
*** Update #1 (12/30/11) ***
The cuesheet has been updated to draft 11 dated 12/30, with changes from the volunteer preride. If the current weather forecast holds, temperatures will range from the mid 30F's to 50F's -- the low temperature for Sunday will be around the high temperature we had for Thursday's volunteer preride, which included unexpected snow flurries for much of the day. It also looks like a rather stiff south west wind is in the forecast -- this will make the 45 mile leg from controle 2 to 3 rather difficult. You'll want to bank some time on the way to controle 2, and keep your stop there very short... and finding a friendly wheel to draft behind would be even better. In addition to the many cautions highlighted on the cuesheet, you should watch out for icy patches. In particular, underpasses and run-offs from driveways and farms present a hazard in several spots along the course. Also, there is some precipitation in the forecast for the evening, and you will be descending the colder, north face of some climbs towards the end of the course.
Organizers, Andrew Mead will be at the start to send you on your way, and Bill Olsen will greet you at the finish. If you arrive at the finish before Bill does, there will be a sign-in sheet at the cashier where you should record your time. The cashier will sign your card and hold it until Bill arrives.
Reminder: be sure to park your car in the Rita's lot, away from the diner. And as always, be sure to check back on the website/message board for any last minute updates.
*** Original Post ***
What better way to kick off a new year of randonneuring than by bagging an ACP 200k? The 4th annual PA Dutch 200k brevet will be held on January 1, 2012 (yes, folks, that's SUNDAY) to start the 2012 Pennsylvania Randonneurs R-12 series. We will be riding the route that Rick Carpenter championed, but without Rick since he has now relocated to coastal North Carolina. Unfortunately that also means we'll be missing out on the fine hospitality of Rick and Lora Beth that has made this event so popular in the past. We will miss Rex greatly and wish him and Lora Beth the very best. Since the Carpenter's house on the hill is no longer available for brevet duty, the start location has be moved to the Mt. Penn Family Restaurant. This may be good news for many as that final 500ft climb to Queens Court is no longer required to finish.
Recognizing that many randonneurs may also be ringing in the new year, the starting time has been pushed back until 8:00am. This also allows participants to enjoy breakfast at the start since the Mt. Penn Family Restaurant doesn't open until 7:00am on Sundays. Registration details are posted on the PA Randonneurs website.
A course pre-ride is scheduled for Thursday so check back on Friday for any last-minute updates to the cue sheet.
One final note: lights and reflective gear are MANDATORY for this ride.
- Andrew Mead, Organizer
*** Registered riders (as of 12/31/11) ***
Colin M Bailey
Andrew D Mead - Organizer/Pre-Ride
George Metzler - Volunteer/Pre-Ride
William M. Olsen - Organizer
Tom Rosenbauer - RBA/Pre-Ride
Norman Smeal - Volunteer/Pre-Ride
If you want to join the roster, please send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Tom Rosenbauer, RBA